Be mindful

What you tell yourself about stress

Don’t believe everything you tell yourself about stress

By Yvette | 30/10/2015

Do you tell yourself that life would be better if everything was easier and stress-free? Yet what you tell yourself about stress is usually an auto-pilot reaction! Don’t always believe what you tell yourself about stress. Here are 3 ways to shift your view. 1. View your body’s stress response as helpful, not debilitating Your…

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Mindfulness and meditation quotes

My Top 20 Mindfulness and Meditation Quotes:

By Yvette | 24/07/2015

Sometimes you just need a few simple words, powerful and succinct, to inspire you. I love these mindfulness and meditation quotes. Take a few moments to read through these words of wisdom. If any of them really call to you – write them out on pieces of paper and keep them handy as tiny reminders…

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Get started with Mindfulness

Get Started with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 26/06/2015

Get started with Mindfulness Mindfulness is all around us now! It’s frequently in the news and businesses, GPs, hospitals and schools are implementing it. World-renowned leader, the Dalai Lama, shared his thoughts with music lovers at Glastonbury in the summer of 2015. Get started with Mindfulness because it’s here to stay! Why are more and…

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Notice nature

Simple Mindfulness – Notice Nature!

By Yvette | 18/04/2015

Notice Nature One of the simplest things to do to become more mindful is to notice nature. Of course you can be mindful of your own breath, the tasks you are doing before you and be alert to the story-telling that your mind is getting caught up in. Yet all the time, nature is happening…

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Be Here Right Now

Be here right now

By Yvette | 04/04/2015

‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle was first published in the UK in 2001. But it’s still a brilliant book for illustrating what mindfulness really is and perfect as I re-read it while watching my daughter sleep in her hospital bed overnight! Be here right now The present moment is sometimes unacceptable, unpleasant, or…

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Mindfulness Tips

Keep it Simple – Easy Mindfulness Tips

By Yvette | 28/03/2015

Mindfulness is about learning to be awake for each moment of your life. Here are a few simple reminders to incorporate into your day. 1. Choose to start your day rather than letting the day start you! Begin each morning by noticing the sensations of your breathing for a few breaths, before jumping out of…

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The Mind-body Connection

How to be a Jedi Knight: the mind-body connection

By Yvette | 07/03/2015

The discipline of a Jedi Knight Through years of disciplined training and meditation, the Jedi Knight honed body and mind into perfect harmony. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, there’s a lot of interest in the Mind-Body connection. What exactly does this mean? As a child, you may remember moments of exuberant joy…

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Eat, drink and be merry

Eat, Drink and be Merry

By Yvette | 17/12/2014

We eat and drink all the time We couldn’t survive without food and drink. Yet how much ‘stuff’ goes on around this process! How often do we eat and drink thoughtlessly! How often are we worrying over what we eat and what we ‘mustn’t eat’. We eat for comfort. We nibble while we are busy…

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The Best of This Week’s Mindfulness

By Yvette | 14/12/2014

This week’s mindfulness posts have a sprinkling of peace and calm scattered through them. I hope this reflects your experiences! Is it Another Manic Monday? You know the kind of manic Monday – stressed and overwhelmed, your mind jumps from one thing to another, feeling slightly manic about the packed schedule of your day ……

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The gift of Mindfulness

The Gift of Mindfulness

By Yvette | 09/12/2014

You know someone dear to you is stressed. What can you do to help? It’s possible they may benefit from the gift of mindfulness. I sometimes receive queries from individuals who have done a mindfulness course and love how it has influenced their lives. They then wish to buy a course for a stressed and…

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Place of Serenity | In the flow

Be in the Flow

By Yvette | 28/11/2014

What do Tai Chi, Japanese Sword Fighting, Archery and performing a Japanese Tea Ceremony have in common? They are all activities which are encouraged in Japan because they develop a person’s ability to focus. The skill of concentrating and being fully focused is highly valued. You might know it as being ‘in the flow’ or…

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Wake up to mindfulness

Wake Up to Mindfulness

By Yvette | 23/11/2014

We multi-task even while relaxing! It takes a moment to wake up to mindfulness and become conscious. This is what mindfulness is. Choosing to wake up! Morning Mindfulness Take a Sunday morning. You might be drinking your second cup of tea while glancing through newspapers with the radio on. You’re also texting a family member,…

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Mindfulness and illness

Tough times in the playground: mindfulness and illness

By Yvette | 10/10/2014

Judy Bartholomew of www.freefromwithattitude.com invited me to guest blog.  Follow the link to her website to read more about her expertise. Read here about Mindfulness and Illness.   Tough times: Mindfulness and illness When you are going through tough times such as illness, including cancer, how can you support yourself and remain steady? Implementing mindfulness…

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Pause

Pause – it’s that simple!

By Yvette | 27/06/2014

Sometimes things are so simple that we overlook their worth. Take the power of a simple pause. The Pause and Patience A powerful pause opens up space for patience. Patience might have a ring of worthiness about it. We may even dismiss it in favour of the wilder ‘snap-shot’ decision or ‘just off the top…

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How to be idle and blessed

How to be idle and blessed

By Yvette | 25/06/2014

‘… I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at…

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Habits

Are you stuck with your daily habits?

By Yvette | 11/06/2014

We feel safe with many of our day-to-day habits. Our routines get us out of bed in the morning and we don’t like to be shaken up by unexpected events. Of course we don’t enjoy the unexpected; unheated water in our shower or the car not starting for work. That’s fair enough But what if…

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Mindful listening

I hear you with mindful listening

By Yvette | 29/05/2014

Many of us are blessed with the gift of hearing. Yet it is only through mindful listening that we really hear. What do we usually hear? We listen frequently throughout our day. Yet the skill of listening has more to it than you might think. When a person is speaking to you, what do you…

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Thank you

Thank You!

By Yvette | 01/05/2014

‘If the only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.’ Meister Eckhart Thank you We often forget to say it. We overlook so many good things in our lives and take so much for granted. I wonder why! It’s easy to do. Start with whispering the words ‘thank…

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Manage your hormones with meditation

Manage your hormones with meditation!

By Yvette | 15/03/2014

How can you manage your hormones with meditation? Use mindful breathing: Spend a minimum of 10 minutes just sitting with the breath. Focus solely on your breathing and be compassionate towards yourself. During this time your mindful breathing elicits the brain’s rest-repose response. This fills your body with feel-good hormones (known as endorphins). These include…

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Get out of your head

Get out of your head

By Yvette | 13/02/2014

We spend a huge proportion of our time caught up with our thoughts. How can you get out of your head and be more present? Get out of your head and into your heart space You have the choice to stop and spend a few moments focusing on your breath. Then you shift from the…

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perspective

Pebbles of perspective

By Yvette | 02/02/2014

It’s important to get life into perspective. Pebbles of perspective ‘A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet…

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